The DeWandelRoute Amstelland section-hike passes lakes, village, city, park and polder landscapes as it crosses the Amstel River area of South Amsterdam. It crosses the Ouderkerkerplas by Ouderkerk aan de Amstel before following the river to the Amstelpark and city high-rise buildings of the Zuidas.
DeWandelroutes are multi-day hikes inspired by the walks of my youth in New Zealand. We carried everything we needed and camped overnight. These walks were not easy, but they taught you to carry the bare essentials, how to plan, how to survive, and how much we take for-granted living in the city.
These through-hikes taught me to be less entitled, more appreciative of what I have, and how little I need to be content. In a world of fast-paced, ‘mindless’ consumerism, these walks are helpful to become more ‘mindful’; to slow down, observe and reflect on the impact our combined daily lives have on ourselves, our communities and the planet.
Watching young children grow in Amsterdam, I thought they might benefit from a similar experience. The routes are therefore made with children in mind, however are also suitable for adults. Some options are not suitable for young children, so please study the route before you depart.
Parents today are pressed for time, so the routes are designed for up to three days of walking and nights camping. All routes start and end at NS train or metro stations, of which several options are given. There are also options to shorten or extend the hike depending on the time you have.
Things I like…
“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.” – Steven Wright